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Chunky Crochet Baby Blanket UPDATED

Posted by  ·  October 31, 2018  ·  Last Updated: June 28, 2019

This easy crochet baby blanket is amazing. The extra thick yarn is fast to crochet with, and makes it an extra cozy and warm crochet blanket for baby!

A crochet baby blanket makes a perfect baby shower gift. For a unique, handmade gift, you can’t go wrong with crochet crafts. We have so many free crochet patterns for beginners and experts alike!


Supplies for Crochet Baby Blanket

  • 3 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (Wheat color).
  • Crochet hook size is J
  • Tapestry needle

Crochet Baby Blanket

This finished crochet baby blanket size is a 29″ square.

This crochet baby blanket makes the perfect handmade gift for babies!  Whip up one of these quick and cozy crochet baby blankets for the little ones and some crochet baby booties! Working with this chunky yarn makes it super fast, and you’ll want to make a one for yourself in a larger size once you notice how soft and warm it feels!

The pattern is really easy once you get the hang of it, and I think the sweet shell stitch gives the blanket a little extra detail that I love. This is easy enough for beginners, so don’t shy away from this pattern if you’re new to crochet.

I love how modern it looks in a solid color. This hue is perfect for a baby boy or a baby girl – but by all means, go with whatever color you like! Some of the chunkier yarns come in gorgeous variegated colors, too, so you can create a blanket in a whole rainbow of happy colors for baby.

FREE Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

  • Start by making a chain of 81 stitches.
  • ROW 1 – 1 single crochet stitch in the second chain from the hook. 1 single crochet in each chain to the end.
  • ROW 2 – Chain 1 {don’t count it as a stitch}, 1 single crochet in the first stitch, *skip 3 stitches, 5 double crochet in the next stitch to create a shell, skip 3 stitches, 1 single crochet in the next stitch…repeat from the * to the end of the row.
  • ROW 3 – Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) 1 dc in the first st. *ch 2 and skip over 2dc. Work 1 sc in next dc st then ch 2. Work 2 dc in next sc* repeat steps between * until the end of the row. You will end the row with 2 dc in the last stitch.
  • ROW 4 – Ch 1, 1 sc in the space between the 2 dc. *Skip over the ch 2 and work 5 dc in sc st, 1 sc in the space between the 2 dc* repeat steps between * until the end of the row.
  • Repeat rows 3 & 4 until you reach the desired length for your blanket. About 29 inches is a good size.
  • When you are happy with the size, cut your yarn to leave about 6 inches loose. Thread your tapestry needle with the yarn end and weave it into your blanket. You may need to do the same where you changed skeins of yarn in the middle of your blanket as well.
crochet baby blanket pattern

The above pattern is free. If you would like a printable version you may download for $1.99.

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What size should a crochet baby blanket be?

There are many different sizes of baby blankets. The finished size of the crochet baby blanket pattern above is about 29 inches square. If you’ve done crochet before, you know how easy it is to modify a pattern: just chain more stitches at the beginning, or add more rows as you reach the end if you’d like to make your blanket a little bit larger than what’s called for here.

Keep in mind that the pattern calls for a particular type of yarn, and if you’re thinking of substituting a different type, the weight of the yarn and size of your hook will change the size of your stitches – and may require more or less yarn.

Blanket sizes are approximate and will vary, but in general, these are basic baby blanket sizes:

  • Receiving Blanket 

This is a medium-sized blanket about 30 inches square. If you prefer a rectangular shape for the blanket go for 30″ x 34″.

  • Crib Blanket

A rectangularly shaped blanket measuring around 40 inches by 60 inches.

  • Preemie Blanket

These baby blankets perfect for small babies are often small squares. The preemie blanket sizes range from 15 inches x 15 inches to 24 inches x 24 inches.

  • Stroller Blanket

Stroller blankets are the most consistent in size when it comes to baby blankets. Stroller blanket size is nearly always 30 inches x 36 inches.

What is the best yarn for baby blankets?

The best yarn for baby blankets must be machine washable as the blanket will need to be washed many times. Babies put everything in their mouths, so avoid yard that sheds or has embellishments woven in the yarn that might come off.

And, of course, the snuggle factor has to be taken into consideration. Softness is key. Babies have super sensitive skin, so you’ll want to choose a yarn that has a lasting softness even after extensive washing and use.

This crochet baby blanket uses Wool-Ease by Lion Brand. It is a 4-ply worsted-weight yarn that is appreciated for its versatility and value. It has the feel, warmth, and softness of wool – especially in a natural color like the wheat tone used in this pattern – combined with the easy care of acrylic and can be machine washed and dried. The thick and quick yarn is super bulky and is perfect for beginners looking for a quick project.

If you liked this project, our chunky crochet baby blanket is just one of the many free crochet patterns you will find on my blog. I hope you will check them out! If you like to crochet and are itching to tackle some quick and cute new projects, check out these crochet coasters.

If you’re looking for more beautiful handmade gift ideas for the child on your list, try this easy kids crochet cowl. This is an awesome gift for a new baby any time of the year! If you like to make baby gifts, you’ll love this post of 101 Handmade Baby Gift Tutorials! I also love this granny squares baby blanket crochet pattern.


Pattern by Kim Layton at …EverythingEtsy.com,

Leave a Comment


  1. Gaby
    Monday, May 29th, 2017
    I started to make this chunky crotchet baby blanket but I noticed that there is a note that you were checking the pattern. I do notice that the pattern does not look right. Is there any way I can get the corrected pattern? I would really appreciate any guidance you can give me. Thank you in advance for you help.
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
      I am still working on it. Does anyone want to help me figure it out?
  2. Sunday, May 7th, 2017
    Wondering if pattern works now or what are the problems? I ordered supplies shipped to island where I'm located to make several of these before I was aware there is issue. I want to get started so would like some help with the problem. Thanks
  3. Caroline
    Sunday, November 20th, 2016
    hi does this work correctly now please?
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
      Yes, Caroline! The pattern has been updated.
    • Cindy
      Monday, March 18th, 2019
      Yes, Caroline the pattern is fixed.
  4. Eliz
    Thursday, February 4th, 2016
    This pattern does not work.. I very upset. Why post something ifyour not going to give the proper instructions
    • Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
      I am sorry this was a guest post, and I am totally unaware of the issues. I have contacted the author and will either remove or update correctly.
  5. Rebecca Rigby
    Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
    This pattern doesn't work at all...very disappointing! !!
    • Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
      Truly sorry! I have reached out to the blogger, and will update asap.
  6. Chrssy
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
    This pattern does not work
  7. Jaime
    Monday, December 8th, 2014
    This pattern is incorrect the way it's written. Jai
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
      Thanks everyone, the pattern has been updated.
  8. Renee
    Thursday, November 20th, 2014
    Hello, if I wanted to make a bigger one for myself what would be the chain? Like in multiples of 3 plus 1? Thank you